Bruins Fall To Jets 6-2 in Thursday Night Season Opener.
By: Mike Grinnell
For the first time since 2007, The Jets of Winnipeg beat The Boston Bruins at the Garden, by a score of 6-2. The last time it was done, the Jets didn’t exist, they were the Thrashers and played in Atlanta. The Jets strung together 6 goals, in the final 40 minutes of play, after a dominating first period by the Bruins.
The first period saw scoring chances come from all over from the Bruins. Brad Marchand, Ryan Spooner, Brett Connoly, Patrice Bergeron all saw opportunities to put one in the back of the net after Krejci’s first period goal put the Bruins up 1-0. If the Bruins were to net one, or maybe two goals in the first period, and went into the second with a 2-0, or 3-0 lead. Last nights game would have been much different.
“It definitely would have been nice to come out of that period with more than one goal. That definitely wouldn’t have hurt us. Looking back in the second, we had a few breakdowns that they capitalized, which we didn’t.” Bergeron told reporters after the game. “That was the story of the game right there. We definitely lost momentum, yeah, we got to find ways to score when we do have our chances and generate some more momentum with that.”
Despite the fact the Bruins were completely out played when looking at the game as a whole, there were definitely some positives to take from Thursday night’s beat down. First, David Krejci looked fantastic playing along side David Pastrnak and Matt Beleskey. Krejci, who netted the Bruins first goal, looked like he was in old form. “Dave was good. David had a good game.” Coach Julien said after the loss. “We missed him last year, and it’s nice to see him get off to a strong start.”
Alongside Krejci, David Pastrnak had a night for himself too with a beautiful goal. The second-year forward brought the Bruins within a goal in the third period after scoring on a howitzer of a wrist shot beating goalie Ondrej Pavelec on the short side. Pastrnak also helped out on Krejci’s goal by forcing a turnover and getting the puck to the front of the net, where Krejci banged it home.
The defense fell apart last night without their captain, Zdeno Chara, and veteran Dennis Seidenberg. The combination of Matt Irwin and Zach Trotman played a very poor game on the back end. At least one of the two was out there for 4 of the 6 goals. Matt Irwin, coughed the puck up behind Boston’s net with the game tied at one to Jets captain Andrew Ladd who fed former Bruin Blake Wheeler, who beat Tuukka Rask to give the Jets the lead.
After a strong preseason from Irwin, Irwin knew that one was on him. “Yeah, basically, I had the puck behind the net, and I went to one side of the net, and then I just didn’t use the net to my advantage. He got his stick in there, obviously stripped me of the puck, and we all know what happened after that. So I take full blame for that one.”
Joe Morrow jumped on the turnover train also in the second, before Irwin, curtsey of a neutral zone turnover, that Dustin Byfuglien turned into a pass over to Mark Scheifele, who went glove side on Rask for the goal.
Another major negative I took out of the night, was Claude going back to Claude ways. When will he realize how bad Chris Kelly is? Kelly played the same number of shifts, 18, as quite possibility the most talented offensive player the Bruins have in David Pastrnak. Claude has taken a lot of heat of his overplaying of aging vets; last night was a clear case of it.
The Bruins face off against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. If they put up another performance like the second and third period of last night’s loss, expect another blow out and a long season of hockey in Boston.
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